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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Public Health in Ireland, c. 1850-1930
Module Code HY328
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Juliana Adelman
Semester 2: Juliana Adelman
Autumn: Juliana Adelman
Module TeachersJuliana Adelman
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the use of primary sources as historical evidence by engaging with specific documents and visual historical evidence relating to the history of public health in modern Ireland. Students will learn how to find and access archival material, identify the type and character of original documents, and examine and interrogate the sources. They will apply this knowledge to an original research project based on primary sources, contextualised through the work of historians. They will participate in analysing and discussing material in seminars, prepare an oral presentation and write an undergraduate thesis. At the same time they will learn about the history of public health in Ireland from the perspective of historians and historical actors.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the major themes and trends in public health in modern Ireland
2. Relate public health debates in the past to debates in the present
3. Identify research questions and perform independent research
4. Analyse primary and secondary sources in the area of public health and relate them to modern Irish history
5. Communicate their ideas clearly in written and oral form

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture44Lectures and Seminars
Independent Study44Weekly reading
Independent Study100Independent research
Independent Study8Preparing presentation
Assignment Completion54Written Work
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
● Urban sanitation and the early public health movement ● The Poor Law and public health ● The district asylum system ● Compulsory vaccination and disease notification ● The sanatorium and tuberculosis ● Hospitals and health in the Free State ● Gender and public health provision ● Changing practices in mental health

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentTwo document analyses: Two short essays, c.1000 words each, will analyse and contextualize two different primary source documents25%Week 8
AssignmentPosition paper: C. 1500 words15%Week 6
PresentationResearch Presentation: A presentation of 10 to 15 minutes describing their research project to the group.10%Week 12
Research PaperA paper on an individually identified topic including primary and secondary sources, c.6000 words.50%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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